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PacingTheCage, do you use an inflator, pump bag, etc? I always wondered if the moisture from inflating by mouth contributed to the demise of my BA matt. Going forward, Iím sticking to using a pump bag.
Quote from: GaryF on April 20, 2019, 09:07:50 AMPacingTheCage, do you use an inflator, pump bag, etc? I always wondered if the moisture from inflating by mouth contributed to the demise of my BA matt. Going forward, Iím sticking to using a pump bag.Iíve always inflated by mouth. You make a good point though. It does seem like bacteria from blowing into the mat could cause some damage especially around the valve. Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
Sleeping pads remain the most difficult element of my backcountry kit. I have two BA pads, a thermarest, and a couple of variations on the solid foam pad, and I kind of hate them all. I simply do not have a solution beyond waking up every few hours and blowing up my pad. For truck camping I use a paco pad, which is LUXURIOUS, but nothing I would want to drag more than a few hundred feet from a truck or boat. Wish I had a better solution, but I'm not sure it exists until they skin inflatable pads in kevlar.
One of the best tips I got off of BBC was about how much to inflate my air mattress. I have a thema-rest which is very thin but I started using a thicker air pad during more temperament trips (also car camping so I'm not packing it around). I found that I slept a lot more comfortable when I left my pad just short of "fully inflated". That bit of softness allowed my hips and elbows to sink in a bit in different positions and I slept better. In the long run, it might also put a little less stress on the seams. Just throwing that in there...
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